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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…

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Army’s mid-tier radio advances battlefield network

With vehicles that are equipped with a new high-bandwidth networking radio, soldiers can move across the battlefield, rapidly exchanging mission-critical voice messages, images and video with their commanders.

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Human-robot teams compete June 5 at DARPA finals

In eight days, 25 human-robot teams will compete on the rubble-strewn field of a mock disaster, the robots driving cars, using tools and communicating with their human partners over degraded communication links, just like in a real disaster.

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Excellence in Aviation banquet set for June 13

The Flight Test Historical Foundation’s 5th annual Excellence in Aviation Awards banquet is 6 p.m., June 13 in the Grand Ballroom of the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles. Tickets are $100 and funds raised will be used for the restoration of aircraft in the Flight Test Museum’s inventory as well as towards…


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Former center director Lee Scherer remembered

Posted  March 19, 2014

NASA photograph Members of Lee Scherer’s family join former center director Ken Szalai (left) and current center director David McBride (right) for a group portrait under the X-1E. Present and former directors of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center joined together March 7 to reflect on a life of national service by the late Lee R….

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Social Security launches expedited vet disability process

Posted  March 19, 2014

Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Carolyn W. Colvin, acting Social Security commissioner, said the new process is similar to the way the agency currently handles…

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Events

Blue Angels headline LA County Air Show

Posted  March 19, 2014

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will rock the skies of LA County headlining the Los Angeles County Air Show March 21 and 22 at William J. Fox Airfield. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the flying starts at noon. Air Show fans at the inaugural event will be captivated by an…

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Care, benefits for vets strengthened by $164 billion VA budget

Posted  March 19, 2014

Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization, the president has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over fiscal year 2014, that will support VAís goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among veterans. The…

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Upcoming events, April 2014

Posted  March 19, 2014

April 1-3 – International Cometary Workshop: Comets as Tracers of Solar System Formation and Evolution, Toulouse, France   April 1-3 – Space Tech Expo: Design – Build – Test, Long Beach, Calif.   April 1-4 – 13th RHESSI Workshop, Windisch, Switzerland   April 1-4 – 2014 AusGO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop, Sydney, Australia   April 4…

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Living history event

Posted  March 19, 2014

Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif., presents its monthly Living History Event 10 a.m.-noon, April 5. Museum doors open at 9 a.m. The topic for the†event is Pioneering Aircraft’ featuring the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question and answer…

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News Briefs March 19, 2014

Posted  March 19, 2014

Michigan to pilot initiative to help vets get jobs Michigan is one of three states chosen to pilot a new initiative intended to help military veterans find jobs. Michigan will join Iowa and Tennessee as the first states participating in the Hiring our Heroes program’s All Vet States program. State officials say participating in the…

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Headlines – March 19, 2014

Posted  March 19, 2014

Space NASA reveals technology behind its Orion capsule, preparation for its first journey For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a new astronaut-carrying spacecraft. Called Orion, this capsule is designed to take explorers further into space than we’ve ever gone before. Eventually, journeys to Mars itself are being imagined.  Does Titan have…

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Business

Boeing, South Africa’s Comair Limited announce order for eight 737 MAXs

Posted  March 24, 2014

Boeing and Comair Limited announced an order March 19 for eight 737 MAX 8s, valued at $830 million at list prices. It is the first 737 MAX order announcement for an African operator. The order was booked in December 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. “We’re proud to be…

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‘Live synthetic’ Army’s next generation of simulation

Posted  March 24, 2014

Soldiers from a brigade combat team are at a combat training site doing a routine live-fire exercise. Well, maybe not so routine. Suddenly enemy jets pop out of the clouds streaking toward them. The soldiers scramble for cover as missiles rain down. They hear the explosions from the missiles impacting all around them, see the…

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